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Black lives matter- A message from the Giving Circle


Dear Giving Circle Friends,

We know you join us in condemning the violence and brutality that lead to the deaths of innocent black individuals in America. Each of us, in our own way, is thinking hard about systematic racism in this country and how to bring it to an end. We know it will be a long and arduous journey.

I am writing to let you know that The Giving Circle, which you have so generously supported, is taking a hard look at these issues, recognizing that words of support must be accompanied by concrete and meaningful action.

We have had challenging discussions about steps we can take in our programs and the grant-making process. We will keep you informed as we better define our actions and welcome your input and suggestions.

As a first step, the Executive Council established the following goal:

To demonstrate the commitment of the TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle to combat racism and inequality, and to understand the root causes of the issues the Giving Circle is addressing in Philadelphia.

We also want to share with you that in August we will be hosting discussion groups on a relevant book or film with supporting materials that will broaden our understanding. We are now putting it together and hope to share our plans soon.

This will be a learning process for all of us. We hope you will join us on this journey.

Warm regards,

Carol Cunningham
Chair, TTN Philadelphia Giving Circle
and the Giving Circle Executive Council



Our 2020 Grantee is:

CONGRATULATIONS to Urban Tree Connection (UTC), recipient of the 2020 TTN Giving Circle Annual Grant of $20,000! This community-based food system presents a powerful antidote to food insecurity and diet-related illnesses faced by residents.  Click here to learn more.

Interested in our mission but not yet a Giving Circle Member? To learn how you can become involved in the 2021 grant selection, see Join/Donate below.


About Us

The TTN Giving Circle is a group of individuals who pool their giving dollars to make a difference in the lives of the women, children and youth in Philadelphia.
Each year since 2013 we have made a joint decision to identify the non-profit that will receive our grant.  In the process we have learned about the vast and varied needs of Philadelphia women, children, and youth and the remarkable people who are dedicated to meeting those needs.

See the impact we have made!  Read about our past recipients.

Sadly, Dr. Ethel Schwartz Weinberg, one of the founding members of the Philadelphia Giving Circle recently passed away.  Please click here to read a lovely tribute to her.


Become a Voting Member of the Giving Circle with a donation of $200 or more.  Contributions made during 2020 will support our 2021 grant.

Donations in smaller amounts are also welcome.

To make a donation please click here to be taken to the Philadelphia Foundation web site.  Donations may be made in honor or memory of a loved one.  Please Note:  to make a donation of this type by credit card on the Philadelphia Foundation website, you must fill in the Additional Comments/Requests box with the full name and mailing address of the person you would like to be notified of the donation.

If you prefer to mail in your donation, print this form and follow the directions.


Join our Grants Committee - This committee reviews all grant applications, goes on site visits and recommends finalists. The Grants Committee for the 2020 grant cycle is filled.  Thank you for your consideration in this important role.  Please check back for information on the 2021 grant cycle.

Plan or Help with a Giving Circle Event - There are a number of ways you can help:  chair an event, serve on an event committee, speak at an event, help with event registration, help with reminder calls or emails or help with promotional materials.

Spread the Word -   Encourage donations big or small.  Spread the word among your Peer Group and Special Interest Groups.  Bring a friend to an event.  Help us get new members from non-TTN Members.  And encourage them to join TTN!

Help us meet our goal!


Contact Carol Cunningham (, Chair of Giving Circle.